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BE NICE TO THE VALET

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested Friday for allegedly punching a parking attendant outside a Los Angeles nightclub on June 21. In addition to being just plain rude, the alleged assault is a possible parole violation. The rap mogul was reportedly bent out of shape because his car wasn't ready fast enough. If Mr. Suge is reading this, here's a hot tip: If you're ever in the Big Apple, do not — I repeat, do not — try and retrieve your car from a parking garage immediately after the Broadway shows let out. You'll be waiting forever. read more

Question: I would like to ...

Question: I would like to know if Steven Spielberg's Taken mini-series will eventually be available on video. My cable went out the last two days of the series and was out the following weekend, when Sci Fi reran the entire series. I never found out what happened and would like to see the series again. I've posed this question both to Sci Fi and FlickChick and have not gotten a response. I am going crazy with wanting to see it again so I can see the ending. Thanks! — Kelli T., Placerville, Cal.

Televisionary: Well, you've only got a few more months of craziness, then. Taken is due out on DVD in late October. (And I hope your cable company at least credited you for some of that time and aggravation on your next bill.)

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SHORT CUTS

The Fox Movie Channel has opted not to air a summer-long Charlie Chan film festival after the Asian-American community complained that the movies are racially offensive... Low ratings have forced CBS to pull the plug on sitcoms Baby Bob and Charlie Lawrence. read more

FAREWELL, BUDDY

Veteran funnyman Buddy Hackett, the rubbery-faced entertainer who for more than a half century was a main attraction at nightclubs, on Broadway, on TV and in movies such as The Music Man, The Love Bug and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, has died at the age of 78. According to The Associated Press, Hackett died at his Southern California beach house either late Sunday or early Monday. The cause of his death was not immediately known, although Hackett had diabetes. In recent years, Hackett — who was best known to younger audiences as the voice of Scuttle in Disney's The Little Mermaid — made guest appearances on Just Shoot Me, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and The Late Late Show with read more

Question: I tried websites to ...

Question: I tried websites to find a sitcom from the '60s, a show about a guy who ran a lunch wagon at a college. To get his education, he would dress as a student who was ill or away from school and attend their classes. At the end of the show he would always be found out and have to run away. He was so fast the track coach wanted him on the track team. He was unable to do this as he had a little sister and they were orphans who wanted to stay together and feared being broken up. This was around '65 or so. Ring a bell? Who was in it? Thanks! — Tim

Televisionary: The show in question is Hank, which ran for a season on NBC beginning in September 1965. It starred comedian Dick Kallman as an orphan — his parents were killed in an accident when he was a teen — who tried to get a college education by sneaking into classes at a local university, disguising himself and subbing read more

LITTLE FEET

Six Feet Under star Rachel Griffiths (Brenda) and her hubby, artist Andrew Taylor, are expecting their first child, Access Hollywood reports. The Aussie couple married last New Year's Eve. There's no word if the pregnancy will be written into SFU, but given what a raging nympho Brenda is, it would hardly be a stretch. read more

SLATER ALL ALONE

Christian Slater has been tapped to star as supernatural detective Edward Carnby in the video game-turned-feature film Alone in the Dark, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The flick is due out next year in conjunction with a new video game from Atari. In other movie news, Meg Ryan is attached to star in Wedlock, a film about husband and wife divorce lawyers who enlist an unconventional marriage counselor to help repair their troubled union. read more

PEACE PLAN

RCA has called off the latest showdown between American Idol champ Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken. The record company is reversing an earlier decision to release the duo's debut albums simultaneously on Aug. 19. "They're not going to come out on the same day," an RCA spokesperson tells TV Guide Online. "They're going to be spaced apart." For more on this story, click here. read more

Question: I simply must know ...

Question: I simply must know the name/artist of the song that played on the season finale of Everwood while everyone was getting ready for Colin's surgery — while his mom was shaving his head and stuff. It was fabulous and I've never heard it before. Any info you have would be great! Thanks. — Jen

Televisionary: That was "Cathedrals," by Jump, Little Children. You'll find it on their 1998 release, Magazine.

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Question: Help me settle a ...

Question: Help me settle a really stupid argument, please. I say Max Baer Jr. played Jethro and his sister on The Beverly Hillbillies. My boss says it was Baer's real sister. Which was it? Please tell him he's wrong. Thank you. — Mike D., Peru, Ind.

Televisionary: Jeez, Mike. He seriously believes that, and you work for him? Talk about a need for corporate reform.

Of course it was Baer Jr. in drag as Jethrine, Jethro Bodine's sister on the hit show. And frankly, just saying that isn't fair to drag queens who take their art seriously. I mean, even Baer — who dropped the Jr. from his name not long into the show's 1962-71 CBS run because he was no longer worried about differentiating himself from his boxing-champ dad — admitted he made one unsightly gal. That was the way series creator read more

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